Etymology
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elapse (v.)

"to slide, slip, or glide away; pass away with or as if with a continuous gliding motion," used of time, 1640s, from French elapser, from Latin elapsus, past participle of elabi "slip or glide away, escape," from ex "out, out of, away" (see ex-) + labi "to slip, glide" (see lapse (n.)). The noun now corresponding to elapse is lapse, but elapse (n.) was in recent use. Related: Elapsed; elapsing.

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Definitions of elapse

elapse (v.)
pass by;
three years elapsed
Synonyms: lapse / pass / slip by / glide by / slip away / go by / slide by / go along
From wordnet.princeton.edu